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Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

Prefab homes make choosing an Architect designed LEED or Passive House high performance house design easy. All the important choices of non-toxic Sustainable materials have been made, add a building lot & in a few months you're home & dry (& warm!)… Prefab Home kits are ideal for Passive House or LEED certified home...

Tiny Houses encouraged Washington State for Affordable Housing WA

Tiny Houses - Washington State promotes tiny homes & Eco-villages for Affordable Housing in WA

Tiny Houses – Washington State Paves the Way for Tiny Home Eco-Villages & minimum building codes for their construction… WA Paves the Way for Tiny Home Eco-Villages: Tiny houses, also colloquially referred to as tiny homes, are both an increasingly attractive and affordable housing option as well as a trending al...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'

Resilient design features for new home construction

Design ideas and home-durability measures to help families and homes withstand a changing climate.… Future-proofing homes: Our society has a collective trust in its commercial building industry to provide us with homes that we assume meet some realistic standard of resilience. They do to an extent, but a very min...

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

Planning and budget tips for home building and renovating… 1. Make a realistic budget and schedule: This is, without a doubt, the starting point to a successful build - don’t underestimate the time and money it will take to complete a build or renovation. Even professional contractors tend to underestimate the co...

How to stay on budget when building a home

Advice from a green building project manager: how to develop a construction budget and stick to it.… The following is an interview with Patrick Ranger, General Manager at Belvedair, a construction company specializing in the design and construction of green homes. Patrick is trained in business administration and in...

The best tiny house we've seen so far

DIY tiny houses move to the next level as an architecture student introduces digital design and fabrication into the mix.… Ben Hayward is a Carleton University Architecture grad student who has broken the typical mold of tiny houses, and designed something that in our opinion takes a big step closer to achieving one...

Ottawa Coach House

Ottawa now allows backyard coach homes

Tiny houses, accessory dwelling units, coach homes; whatever you like to call them, we will soon see them popping up in Ottawa back yards.… In the fall of 2015, the City of Ottawa conducted a public-consultation survey to gauge interest in a change of bylaws to allow secondary dwellings (Coach Houses or Tiny Houses)...

Mobile tiny house

Definitely an inspiring housing trend but tiny houses may be a bad idea in some cases.

Compact housing is a great trend but there are tiny house issues that should be considered before you commit to life in one.… Some things to think about before you join the Tiny House Movement and commit to life in an extremely small space.  We have featured a number of tiny houses on our pages over the past few ...

Shipping container home

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly?

Living in a recycled shipping container house is not all its cracked up to be. Here is a look at the ups and downs of this housing trend.… Shipping container houses are gaining popularity globally and are seductively attractive with their modern looking lines, colours and shape. Like many great ideas, the re-use of ...

The Fiction Factory Wikkelhouse tiny house made of carboard

Wikkelhouse: A tiny house made of cardboard

The Cardboard Wikkelhouse from Fiction Factory falls under our 'too cool not to share' category.… Seriously, no pun intended - it's just hard not to describe the cardboard Wikkelhouse as anything other than an extreme case of thinking outside of the box. It's like there is some kind of one-upmanship going on in the ...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

Despite the good intentions, Earthships in cold climates can't work because they contradict the laws of physics.… I'm not the Mike Reynolds who invented the Earthship, I'm the Mike Reynolds who thinks Earthships in Canada and other cold climates are a bad idea. A coincidence of names; just putting that out there so ...

News

Tiny Houses now Legal in Washington State

Tiny Houses - Washington State legalizes tiny homes & Eco-villages for Affordable Housing in WA

Tiny Houses – New Washington State Legislation ESSB 5383 Paves the Way for Tiny Home Eco-Villages & minimum building codes for construction… New WA State Legislation Paves the Way for Tiny Home Eco-Villages: Tiny houses, also colloquially referred to as tiny homes, are both an increasingly attractive and affordab...

Tiny Houses for Sale, Plans, how to Build all here at EcoHome

Tiny Houses - The first official Tiny Home Eco Village in Canada gets approval in Okotoks

The First Tiny House strata in Canada is Officially approved in Okotoks Here at EcoHome we love Tiny Houses, which is probably why we have a full section devoted to Tiny Houses here!  So, imagine how thrilled we were to hear that one of Canada's first official Tiny Houses full developments recently got officia...

OUR HOUSE: a community home building endeavour

Handing over the keys to the new owners of a LEED home built by students and donated to Habitat for Humanity… Our House is the story of a small town united around the construction of an exemplary home. After being awarded with the ‘Prix d'excellence’ at the end of 2017 by the Public Administrator of Quebec (the firs...

Hurricane proof home

Hurricane-proof home

This hurricane-proof home can withstand a 200 mph impact.… We found this story by Nicole Jewell for Inhabitat to be very pertinent given the devastating impacts of  the 2017 hurricane season. Weather events are more extreme in all regions of the globe, so building for a changing climate is very important not just to...

Advice

Do you have on a category insulating vans?

Posted by chantal fortier April 14, 2019, 2:08 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

How do you design and build a home on a very small budget?

Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept, design and architecture 1 Responses

How much does it cost to build a house, by square foot

Posted by Anonymous Sept. 5, 2017, 4:12 p.m. Concept, design and architecture 1 Responses

Improving insulation when replacing siding.

Posted by Joan Lawrence July 11, 2019, 7:17 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

What do you think of insulated T Studs in Canada?

Posted by Lee Watt June 3, 2019, 10:57 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How to Insulate a 3 season cottage

Posted by Terry Skindilias April 23, 2019, 9:27 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

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